Yoga is an excellent way to loosen and stretch painful muscles, reduce stress, and increase circulation. This holistic practice combines physical poses with mindfulness, breathing techniques and meditation. The combination of these practices promotes functional mobility, selfdiscovery and helps rebalance the nervous system.
Yoga is known to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance. Studies have also found that regular practice may help:
- Lower the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Recovery from strokes and surgery
- Prevent falls
- Manage arthritis, pain, and inflammation
- Manage diabetes
- Manage digestive issues like IBS
- Improve sleep quality
- Facilitate the grieving process
- Manage depression and anxiety
For seniors who are looking for a safe, effective way to enhance their physical health and overall wellness, the stretching, breathing, and meditation practices of yoga can be a great solution.
Because the poses (called asanas) can easily be modified or adapted to suit any individuals’ needs, yoga is safe for seniors of all fitness or ability levels.
In fact, it can be an excellent way to keep your body strong and healthy without the joint stress that comes from other activities like aerobics or jogging.
Join instructor Karen Sommers and learn for yourself all the benefits that yoga has to offer. Cost is $8 per class and as with all COA fitness classes, the first one is free.
It’s never too late to begin. You can start yoga at any age.